ZYGMUNT NOSKOWSKI (1846-1909): Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 - Symphony No. 1 in A, Morskie Oko, Pan Zolzikiewicz.
Catalogue Number: 09L002
Description: Now, Sterling adds Poland to Sweden, Germany and Switzerland to their geography of unearthing new Romantic repertoire. Noskowski was a member of the transitional generation of Polish composers (including Zelenski, Dobrzynski and Paderewski) between Chopin and Szymanowski and his generation. Polish folk elements are present in these works from 1875 and 1888 (Pan) but they are not spotlighted. Rather, Noskowski revels in expressive melody and vivid orchestral color. The 44-minute symphony is still in the tradition of Mendelssohn and Raff (the latter's endless flow of memorable melodies comes to mind) and the 13-minute depiction of a lake in the Tatras (Morskie Oko) has its Lisztian influences. "Mr. Zolzikiewicz" is a seven-minute overture which is part of incidental music for a play. There are two more symphonies; will we get them? National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Katowice; Gabriel Chmura, Slawek A. Wróblewski (symphony), Zygmunt Rychert (Pan).